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Associate Professor; MAMAS Programme Leader

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Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-Y7618
Phone: 3442-6433
Fax: 3442-0180
Email: r.egreteau@cityu.edu.hk
Website: Personal Website
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Research Interests

  • Democracy Studies
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Parliament and Legislative Politics
  • Myanmar/Burma, India
Born and raised in France, Renaud Egreteau has lived, studied, worked and carried out research in India, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, the United States and Hong Kong. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and now works across the areas of Comparative and International Politics as well as South and Southeast Asian Studies. His most recent research focuses on the dynamics of political change in Myanmar, particularly the resurgence of parliamentary affairs and the evolving policy role of the armed forces in the country’s “post-junta” context.

Before joining City University of Hong Kong, he was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC (2015-2016) and held visiting fellowships from the Singapore-based Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak). He also taught comparative politics at the University of Hong Kong, as a Research Assistant Professor in the Center of Asian Studies/HK Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2009-13), and Sciences Po Paris, France (2008-09). He has also written policy guidance on Myanmar and India for international NGOs, think tanks, and various French governmental bodies.


  • AIS5032 Authoritarian Resilience and Democratic Change in East Asia
  • AIS5039 Human Rights in Asia
  • AIS5026 Research Design for Social Science
  • AIS4132 Introduction to India
  • AIS3810 Study Tour to France/EU

Publications (selected)


  • 2016. Caretaking Democratization: The Military and Political Change in Myanmar, NY: Oxford University Press & London: Hurst.
  • 2013. [with Larry Jagan] Soldiers and Diplomacy in Burma: Understanding the Foreign Relations of the Burmese Praetorian State, Singapore: NUS Press.
  • 2010. Histoire de la Birmanie contemporaine : le pays des prétoriens, Paris : Fayard.
  • 2003. Wooing the Generals: India’s New Burma Policy, New Delhi: Authorspress

Edited volumes and Special journal issues

  • 2015. [with François Robinne], eds., Metamorphosis: Studies in Social and Political Change in Myanmar, Singapore: NUS Press.
  • 2013. [with Julie Baujard], eds., “Burmese Migrants and Global Cities”, Moussons Special Issue No. 22 [November 2013].

Peer-reviewed articles

  • 2019. "Fashioning Parliament: The Politics of Dress in Myanmar’s Postcolonial Legislatures", Parliamentary Affairs 72(3): 684-701
  • 2019."La Birmanie, la France et la 'Question Algérienne'", 20&21 Revue d'Histoire no. 142: 47-59.
  • 2017. “Power, Cultural Nationalism and Postcolonial Public Architecture: Building a Parliament House in Post-Independence Myanmar”, Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 55(4): 531-550.
  • 2016. “Le coup d’état du 2 mars 1962 en Birmanie. Perceptions et réactions de la diplomatie française”, Relations Internationales 164 : 111-129.
  • 2015. “Who Are the Military Delegates in Myanmar’s 2010-2015 Union Legislature?”, SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 30(2): 338-370.
  • 2014. “Legislators in Myanmar’s First “Post-Junta” National Parliament (2010-2015): A Sociological Analysis”, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs 33(2): 91-124.
  • 2014. “The Idealization of a Lost Paradise: Narratives of Nostalgia and Traumatic Return among Indian Repatriates from Burma since the 1960s”, The Journal of Burma Studies 18(1): 137-180.
  • 2013. “India’s Vanishing ‘Burma Colonies’: Repatriation, Urban Citizenship and (De)Mobilization of Indian Returnees from Burma (Myanmar) since the 1960s”, Moussons 22: 11-34.
  • 2012. “The China-India Rivalry Reconceptualized”, Asian Journal of Political Science 20(1): 1-22.
  • 2012. “Are We (Really) Brothers? Contemporary India as Observed by Chinese Diplomats”, Journal of Asian and African Studies 47(6): 695-709.
  • 2011. “A Passage to Burma? India, Development and Democratization in Myanmar”, Contemporary Politics, 17(4): 467-486.
  • 2011. “Burmese Indians in Contemporary Burma: Heritage, Influence, and Perceptions since 1988”, Asian Ethnicity 12(1): 33-54.
  • 2010. “Intra-European Bargaining and the ‘Tower of Babel’ EU Approach to the Burmese Conundrum”, East Asia [An International Quarterly] 27(1): 15-33.
  • 2008. “India’s Ambitions in Burma: More Frustration than Success?”, Asian Survey 48(6): 936-957.
  • 2008. “India and China Vying for Influence in Burma: A New Assessment”, India Review 7(1): 38-72.

Book chapters

  • 2017. "Foreign Policy and Political Changes in Post-junta Myanmar", in Ganguly, Sumit, Joseph C. Y. Liow and Andrew Scobell, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Asian Security, Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 301-311
  • 2017. “’China is Paradise’: Fortune and Refuge, Brokers and Partners, or the Migration Trajectories of Burmese Muslims toward the Yunnan Borderlands”, in Saxer, Martin & Zhang Juan, eds., The Art of Neighbouring: Making Relations across China’s Borders, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 187-202.
  • 2016. “Embedding Praetorianism: Soldiers, State and Constitutions in Postcolonial Myanmar”, in Bünte, Marco & Björn Dressel, eds., Politics and Constitutions in Southeast Asia, London: Routledge, 118-139.
  • 2016. “Soldiers as Lawmakers? Assessing the New Legislative Role of the Burmese Armed Forces (2010-15)”, in Egreteau, Renaud & François Robinne, eds., Metamorphosis: Studies in Social and Political Change in Myanmar, Singapore: NUS Press, 15-42.
  • 2015. “Myanmar: Transition, Enduring Praetorian Politics and the Prospects for Democratic Change”, in Case, William, ed., Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Southeast Asia, London: Routledge, 410-425.
  • 2015. “Indian and Chinese Communities in Contemporary Burma: A Comparative Analysis of Their Presence and Influence”, Bhattacharya, Jayati & K. Coonoor, eds., Indian and Chinese Immigrant Communities: Comparative Perspectives, London: Anthem Press, 109-136.
  • 2014. “Emerging Patterns of Parliamentary Politics”, in Steinberg, David I., ed., Myanmar: The Dynamics of an Evolving Polity, Boulder CO: Lynne Rienner, 59-88.
  • 2014. “The Continuing Political Salience of the Military in Post-SPDC Myanmar”, in Nick Cheesman, Nicholas Farrelly and Trevor Wilson, eds., Debating Democratization in Myanmar, Singapore: ISEAS Publications, 259-284.
  • 2013. “Separatism, Ethnocracy and the Future of Ethnic Politics in Burma (Myanmar)”, in Cabestan, Jean-Pierre and A. Pavkovic, eds., State Secession and Separatism in Europe and Asia: To Have a State of One’s Own, London: Routledge, 178-195.
  • 2012. “The Burmese Jade Trail: Transnational Networks, China, and the (Relative) Impact of International Sanctions on Myanmar’s Gems”, in Cheesman, Nick, Monique Skidmore and Trevor Wilson, eds., Myanmar’s Transition: Openings, Obstacles and Opportunities, Singapore: ISEAS Publications, 89-116.
  • 2010. (with David Camroux) “Normative Europe meets the Burmese Garrison State: Processes, Policies, Blockages and Future Possibilities”, in Cheesman, Nick, Monique Skidmore and Trevor Wilson, eds., Ruling Myanmar: from Cyclone Nargis to National Elections, Singapore: ISEAS Publications, 267-293.
  • 2010. “India’s Unquenched Ambitions in Burma”, in Dittmer, Lowell, ed., Burma or Myanmar? The Struggle for National Identity, Singapore: World Scientific, 295-325.
  • 2009. “Burma’s Militias: between Insurgency and Maintaining Order”, in Gayer, L. & C. Jaffrelot, eds., Armed Militias of South Asia: Fundamentalists, Maoists, and Separatists, London: Hurst, 112-133

Working papers

  • 2017. Parliamentary Development in Myanmar: An Overview of the Union Parliament, 2011-2016, Washington DC/Yangon: The Asia Foundation
  • 2017. The Emergence of Pork Barrel Politics in Parliamentary Myanmar, Singapore: ISEAS Trends 2017 No. 4.
  • 2015. Retired Military Officers in Myanmar’s Parliament: An Emerging Political Force? Singapore: ISEAS Trends No. 17.
  • 2006. Instability at the Gate: India’s Northeast and its external connections, New Delhi: CSH Occasional Paper No. 16.

Book reviews

  • 2018. Book Review of “Clymer, Kenton, 2015. A Delicate Relationship: The United States and Burma/Myanmar since 2015, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press”, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 49(2): 339-341.
  • 2017. Book Review of “Kipgen, N., 2016. Myanmar: A Political History, New Delhi: Oxford University Press”, Economic and Political Weekly 52(39): 27-29.
  • 2012. Book Review of “Hangen, Susan, 2010. The Rise of Ethnic Politics in Nepal: Democracy in the Margins, London: Routledge”, Asian Ethnicity 13(3): 315-317.